Minister Chalerm to protest if police do not arrest Suthep in 2 days


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Caretaker Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has threatened to stage a protest in front of the Metropolitan Police Bureau if the police do not arrest protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban in 48 hours.

The minister said on Wednesday that Mr Suthep, secretary-general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, has only one option – that is to turn himself in to the police to acknowledge the charges against him which include insurrection.

He pleaded with the protesters to return home and urged the Democrat party to contest the February 2 election “if they are confident of their support”.  However, he said that the Pheu Thai party would definitely win the election.

The minister criticized some academics who voiced support for Suthep’s demand for the appointment of an interim prime minister and the creation of a people’s council to draw a national reform blueprint, branding them as being stupid or being cunning.

As for Thirayuth Boonmee, a Thammasat lecturer, who voiced support for people’s revolution to effect national reform, Chalerm said he had lost respect for the lecturer whom he used to be familiar with.

Labour Minister wants Suthep arrested in 48 hours



Caretaker labour minister Chalerm Yubamrung on Tuesday urged Pol Lt-Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, commissioner of metropolitan police, to arrest protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban in 48 hours on insurrection charge.

Chalerm who was assigned by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to handle the protest problem  asked protesters to pack up and return home saying that the government has already submitted to their demand for House dissolution.

He also pleaded with protesters not to invade into government offices, saying that they are state property.

The labour minister accused Suthep of breaking Article 157 of the Criminal Code for demanding the resignation of all cabinet ministers.